Postdoc in Iodine Speciation Analysis in Seaweed

DTU Food
Monday 05 Mar 18

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The National Food Institute (DTU Food), a department at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), invites applications for a position as post doc in the Research Group for Nano-Bio Science. The research group has a dynamic staff with high international visibility, many research collaborations with leading international universities and industry partners and the group has a successful track record of national and international research projects.

The research group aims to contribute to the development of healthy and safe foods and functional ingredients via research on nano- and micro-structured materials and trace elements.

Particular focus areas are on trace elements and their chemical species in the food and feed chain primarily through ICPMS based techniques, analytical characterization of nanoparticles, and synthesis of functionalized nano/micro-structures.

You will be part of an experienced and dynamic team housed in new laboratories with and extensive analytical platform. The group has an extensive, interdisciplinary collaboration with other research groups at DTU Food and the candidate is expected to participate and develop our collaboration to strengthen the group’s position at DTU.

Responsibilities and tasks
The candidate is expected to contribute to on-going research activities related to studies and activities within the group’s research on trace elements and their chemical species in biological materials. A major role is foreseen in two newly established projects with the aim of 1) establishing methods of analysis for iodine compounds in seaweed (i.e. iodine speciation analysis) and investigating possible procedures for iodine reduction 2) studying iodine and other trace elements in fish fed with seaweed-added aquafeed. Both projects are conducted in close collaboration with both internal and external project partners.

The candidate will furthermore be involved in other research activities and projects as well as teaching activities in the group.

The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to developing the research area of the group and contribute to attracting research funds.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. The candidate is expected to have solid knowledge and experience within analytical chemistry (and detection of compounds at trace levels) with focus on analysis of biological materials. The preferred candidate is ambitious, has a high motivation for research excellence and good command of written and spoken English.

Priority will be given to applicants with documented experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • Biochemistry of iodine
  • Use of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS), including hyphenation to HPLC and/or other chromatographic techniques
  • Other analytical techniques related to trace element speciation analysis
  • International networking and collaboration skills obtained through e.g. international projects and networks
In addition we expect that:
  • You document your work in the form of scientific publications
  • You are motivated by both personal and team accomplishments
  • You thrive on collaboration and teamwork
  • You contribute to a nice working atmosphere

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 2 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from head of research group Jens J. Sloth, +45 93518857 (

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 26 March 2018 (local time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.
25 MARCH 2018